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June 6, 2012
If Maryland's resident pit bull, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, has demonstrated anything in her several decades in Congress and as dean of Senate women, it's a willingness to stand up for the less powerful in society, and she was at it again this week advocating for the Paycheck Fairness Act and the rights of women to secure equal pay for equal work. To the surprise of no one, Senate Republicans were unmoved by the cause and blocked the much-needed legislation from floor debate as it fell eight votes short of the 60 required.
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NEWS
April 13, 2014
Columnist Susan Reimer says that the gender pay gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act are red meat tossed into our cages to get women to the polls and that she doesn't like being "played" by the Democrats ("Equal pay riles up base," April 10). Ms. Reimer makes a point that speaks to the heart of the matter. According to recent polls, Democrats are facing a tough midterm election, and their latest tactic is to use women to garner votes. The Democrats have thrown pay equality into the mix hoping to steer the conversation away from Obamacare and the stagnant economy.
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NEWS
April 13, 2014
Columnist Susan Reimer says that the gender pay gap and the Paycheck Fairness Act are red meat tossed into our cages to get women to the polls and that she doesn't like being "played" by the Democrats ("Equal pay riles up base," April 10). Ms. Reimer makes a point that speaks to the heart of the matter. According to recent polls, Democrats are facing a tough midterm election, and their latest tactic is to use women to garner votes. The Democrats have thrown pay equality into the mix hoping to steer the conversation away from Obamacare and the stagnant economy.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Deborah Eisenberg started her law career as a litigator who loved the "thrill of the battle," standing up for the disadvantaged and less powerful. But when it comes to resolving disputes, sometimes she says it's better to talk it out. Eisenberg, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, specializes in employment law and dispute resolutions. She serves as faculty director of the UM Carey Center for Dispute Resolution and also works as a mediator in civil and employment cases.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
A proposal to expand equal-pay protections for women, long championed by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, was thrust into the national political spotlight Wednesday in a Democratic effort to court female voters — a crucial demographic in this year's election. The Paycheck Fairness Act has languished for years and faces tough odds again this year. But Democrats hope that by advancing the bill now they can send a compelling message to women weighing presidential and congressional candidates in the fall.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is calling on the Obama administration to prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss salaries -- a new twist on a key provision of the pay equality legislation the Maryland Democrat has sought for years. In a letter to the White House on Tuesday, Mikulski argued that President Obama should sign an executive order baring contractors from firing employees who disclose their own pay or inquire about another employee's salary.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
I read the editorial regarding the Paycheck Fairness Act ("Equal pay, equal work," June 7) and if Sen. Barbara Mikulski really wants to help women (and men) concerning equal pay for equal work, then there are a few things she needs to do. First off, she needs to work like the rest of us work. Quit taking off so many "breaks" during the year. When I was a full time minister, there were years that I did not even take a vacation because there was work to be done. She gets paid for doing less in less time then those of us who really work.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer | June 27, 2011
In its decision to throw out the sex discrimination lawsuit filed by 1.6 million women workers against retail giant Wal-Mart, the Supreme Court concluded that there was insufficient evidence that each of these women - who worked at different jobs and in different states - had been harmed in the same way. In other words, in order to file a class-action suit, the plaintiffs must have more in common than just their sex. And, by the way, they need...
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
Deborah Eisenberg started her law career as a litigator who loved the "thrill of the battle," standing up for the disadvantaged and less powerful. But when it comes to resolving disputes, sometimes she says it's better to talk it out. Eisenberg, a professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, specializes in employment law and dispute resolutions. She serves as faculty director of the UM Carey Center for Dispute Resolution and also works as a mediator in civil and employment cases.
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John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | June 5, 2012
A proposal to expand equal-pay protections for female workers sponsored by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulskifailed to clear a procedural vote in the Senate on Tuesday, ending the measure's chances but opening a potential Democratic attack line in this year's election. The Paycheck Fairness Act, which would have expanded the 1963 Equal Pay Act by prohibiting employers from firing workers who discuss their salary with their colleagues, fell seven votes shy of the 60 needed to bring the legislation to the Senate floor.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2013
WASHINGTON -- Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski is calling on the Obama administration to prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss salaries -- a new twist on a key provision of the pay equality legislation the Maryland Democrat has sought for years. In a letter to the White House on Tuesday, Mikulski argued that President Obama should sign an executive order baring contractors from firing employees who disclose their own pay or inquire about another employee's salary.
NEWS
June 8, 2012
I read the editorial regarding the Paycheck Fairness Act ("Equal pay, equal work," June 7) and if Sen. Barbara Mikulski really wants to help women (and men) concerning equal pay for equal work, then there are a few things she needs to do. First off, she needs to work like the rest of us work. Quit taking off so many "breaks" during the year. When I was a full time minister, there were years that I did not even take a vacation because there was work to be done. She gets paid for doing less in less time then those of us who really work.
NEWS
June 6, 2012
If Maryland's resident pit bull, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, has demonstrated anything in her several decades in Congress and as dean of Senate women, it's a willingness to stand up for the less powerful in society, and she was at it again this week advocating for the Paycheck Fairness Act and the rights of women to secure equal pay for equal work. To the surprise of no one, Senate Republicans were unmoved by the cause and blocked the much-needed legislation from floor debate as it fell eight votes short of the 60 required.
NEWS
By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2012
A proposal to expand equal-pay protections for women, long championed by Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, was thrust into the national political spotlight Wednesday in a Democratic effort to court female voters — a crucial demographic in this year's election. The Paycheck Fairness Act has languished for years and faces tough odds again this year. But Democrats hope that by advancing the bill now they can send a compelling message to women weighing presidential and congressional candidates in the fall.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer | June 27, 2011
In its decision to throw out the sex discrimination lawsuit filed by 1.6 million women workers against retail giant Wal-Mart, the Supreme Court concluded that there was insufficient evidence that each of these women - who worked at different jobs and in different states - had been harmed in the same way. In other words, in order to file a class-action suit, the plaintiffs must have more in common than just their sex. And, by the way, they need...
NEWS
February 16, 2009
Obama's triumph isn't end of racism I couldn't agree more with David Levering Lewis' assessment, as reported by Scott Calvert, that the election of President Barack Obama should not lead us to think that racism is a thing of the past ("Obama election won't resolve 'problems of race,' historian says," Feb. 8). Mr. Lewis goes on to stress that the president will need to address the "rather specific disabilities that afflict people of color." As a white person who all my life has seen the racism white people direct toward people of color, particularly people of African descent, I would state the issue differently.
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By From Sun news services | January 10, 2009
Burris caught in limbo between Senate, court 4 CHICAGO: Sen. Richard J. Durbin of Illinois said yesterday that Roland Burris should not be seated in the U.S. Senate because he has failed to get the Illinois secretary of state's signature on his appointment to replace President-elect Barack Obama. "There has never in the history of the Senate been a waiver of the requirement that the secretary of state's signature be part of the appointment process - never," Durbin, a Democrat, said hours after Illinois' top court ruled that no law requires Secretary of State Jesse White to sign the appointment, made by Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich.
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